A group of Japanese researchers will use a primitive canoe to recreate an ancient sea voyage. They hope to learn how humans traveled from Taiwan to Okinawa 30 thousand years ago. The experiment will involve a journey of over 200 kilometers.
The group of archaeologists, led by Yousuke Kaifu of the National Museum of Nature and Science, previously set out for Taiwan in a vessel made of grass from Yonaguni island in Okinawa three years ago. The researchers later tested a primitive bamboo raft on a journey starting in Taiwan. Both attempts failed, as currents pushed the vessels off course. The researchers decided to embark on a rowing voyage in a cedar canoe carved using ancient tools.